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Stories by Nadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2021 | 12:16 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Health facilities have been partnering with hotels to offer PCR tests for as much as US$300 (J$43,000) following requests from some of Jamaica’s main international travel partners for a negative COVID-19 test from travellers. A negative PCR test...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:14 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The Holness administration is seeking to expedite accreditation of coronavirus testing sites amid the mushrooming of informal operators and the slow start by approved private labs. At least four of the eight private laboratories that have been...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Claudius Brown, the ex-cop who has a master’s degree and wanted to become a taxi driver this year, is no longer homeless. Brown, whose story The Gleaner recently captured, was deported from the US in 2006 for overstaying after visiting his sick...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Much like the rough road leading to 51 Whitehall Avenue where Hugh Graham spent his earlier years, life for the business mogul and politician was far from smooth. The tenement yard he called home hosted at least 28 others, but in the zinc and...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:19 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s 2021 Rhode Scholar Fitzroy Wickham will offer prayer on behalf of youths in this year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), which will be hosted virtually for the first time in 41 years. The event will be hosted on Thursday,...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic has widened social inequalities, some youth leaders have rapped the Government for not doing enough to help those from the lower socio-economic class, and, in some cases making life even more difficult for the...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:27 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Young Jamaicans across the island, some currently studying at local universities, have already signalled their reluctance to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in Jamaica although it is considered a key tool in the fight to restore...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Bishop Alvin Bailey, chairman of Jamaica CAUSE, is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to publicly condemn calls for the legalisation of abortion even as one of his state ministers is asking for the issue to be placed back on the parliamentary...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Hundreds of vacationers hoping to return to Canada are now stranded in Jamaica after new rules requiring them to show proof of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test in order to enter the country came into effect on January 7. All...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Following Argentina’s landmark ruling last week to legalise abortion, Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert Flynn is hoping the controversial issue can be placed back on the parliamentary agenda and a conscience vote be pursued to amend the existing...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:19 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

With at least 26 taxi operators killed last year even as they battle extortion and the economic crunch caused by the pandemic, one leader in the transport sector is not surprised that roughly 9,000 licences for public passenger vehicles (PPVs) have...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green promises that there will be more programmes and resources specifically targeted towards female farmers in 2021 as part of efforts to get more women engaged in the sector. Green said most of the...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:21 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Undaunted by the failure of several newspapers prior to the birth of the Jamaica Observer in 1993, businessman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart invested heavily in its growth and later supported the establishment of two radio stations to diversify the local...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:14 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Claudius Brown earned his master’s degree the same year he went to live at a homeless shelter in Kingston, but after several failed attempts to secure a permanent job, he has his eyes set on becoming a taxi driver in 2021. A former member of the...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:18 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

From a homeless shelter in Kingston, 60-year-old Devon ‘Frank’ Wade has launched a business which allows him to employ other homeless persons to design, build and furnish the homes of prospective and current homeowners. Frank was deported from the...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

It was a merry Christmas last Friday for residents at the Open Arms Development Centre, thanks to the support of donors, but with the festivities now behind them, administrator of the Windward Road-based facility Yvonne Grant is hoping the...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:13 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

He will be celebrating his 100th birthday on December 27, but age has not stopped Norman Mitchell from spending time in the kitchen, where he was planning to prepare a full-course meal on Christmas Day. Mitchell has already prepared fried fish,...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:06 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Financing her living expenses while carrying home a reduced salary due to the impact of COVID-19 on her workplace had made it challenging for 25-year-old Leshell Francis to finance a Master of Science in accounting degree, but after being given a $...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:06 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

MOTHER OF four Opal Dennis has come across several women in the last few weeks who are worried about not being able to purchase gifts for their children, spruce up their homes or prepare a triple-course meal on Christmas Day. Dennis, a leader of...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:20 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

A dive nine months ago near the Pedro Bank, off the island’s southwest coast, almost cost Dwyer Robinson his life, leaving him wheelchair-dependent. Despite his slow recovery, he remains very eager to get back to hustling for his family. The...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:07 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

With several strokes from a cotton swab, 13-year-old artist Danielle-Ashley Cameron has brought life to the countless drawings occupying her scrapbooks, journals and scraps of paper. Cameron started drawing stickmen at seven years old, but quickly...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:30 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

It has taken interior designer Carlton Nembhard two weeks to create Jamaica’s largest Christmas tree, which he has built from scratch with iron. The 45-foot tree sits in the Portmore Climate Change Park in St Catherine and has been aptly decorated...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:10 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Jamaica-born Neuroscientist Leighton Duncan loves spending time inside the laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he currently works, but the reality that there are not too many West Indians there in his field is a real concern...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Lionel Grant has financed the education of his eight children and bought his house from taking photographs at the St William Grant Park, but since its closure in March, he said some days he doesn’t earn enough to even purchase a meal. Grant, who...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Motorists travelling through the northern Jamaica resort town of Ocho Rios have come under the radar for daredevil speeds at more than four times the incidence in the nation’s capital. A recent experiment found that while between eight and 10 per...

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